Bummed about The Prom closing on Broadway? You’re in luck: Pose showrunner Ryan Murphy is adapting the hit queer musical into a feature film for Netflix, and its cast certainly does not disappoint.
Murphy first announced his plans to take the Tony-nominated musical from the stage to the screen back in April. As Deadline reports, Murphy’s already tapped an all-star cast to star in his version, too. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Ariana Grande are slated to perform in key roles alongside queer acts like actor-memoirist and Book of Mormon star Andrew Rannells.
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Streep will star as Dee Dee Allen, a jaded two-time Tony winner who’s on the hunt for a new way to revitalize her career. On Broadway, Beth Leavel originated the role.
Meanwhile, Grande will play Alyssa, the closeted daughter of a conservative PTA mom who just wants to go to the prom with her girlfriend, Emma. As an out lesbian at her Indiana high school, Emma has been barred from attending her high school prom with another young woman, and Allen and her group of fellow theater has-beens team up to fight on Emma and Alyssa’s behalf.
From left: Isabelle McCalla as Alyssa and Caitlin Kinnunen as Emma in The Prom on Broadway.
Murphy hasn’t cast an actress to portray Emma yet—her role was originated by breakout star Caitlin Kinnunen—but his team has reportedly launched a nationwide casting search to fill her shoes.
After revealing his plans to adapt The Prom into a feature film earlier this year, Murphy said that he’s “really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump.”
“I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting,” Murphy added, recalling his first time seeing the show in December 2018: “I was absolutely blown away by [director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw’s] work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding.”
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